L003969 SOLDBUCH "4 Fallsch. Pioner Ers. U. Ausb. Batl. 2". (Soldbuch)

BACKGROUND: With the reintroduction of conscription in 1935, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), activated the Wehrersatzdienststelle, (Recruiting Offices), throughout Germany to process and administer the call up procedure. When individuals received their registration notice they were to report to the appropriate recruitment center where they would be issued a Wehrpass, (Military Pass), until they were inducted into active duty. Starting in the autumn of 1939, when an individual was inducted into active military service the Wehrpass was exchanged at the recruitment office for the Soldbuch, (Pay Book), which remained in the recipientís possession as his official military identification document. The recruitment office would retain the Wehrpass and chronicle the individualís active service record in it. Generally if the individual was killed in battle the Wehrpass would be forwarded to his next-of-kin as a memento of his service time. Of Note: Heer, Luftwaffe and SS security and precaution regulations to have a photograph of the recipient placed in the Soldbuch wasnít enacted until November 1943, while Kriegsmarine Soldbuch's began having the recipients photograph as early as September 1941. The Heer, Luftwaffe and SS regulations stated that training units have the photographs applied by April 1944 and combat units by December 1944, although the regulations were not always strictly adhered to. Originally Luftwaffe Soldbuch's were issued with the tan, card stock covers which were later altered to mid-blue covers and even later to dark blue covers. Of Interest: The Reich conscription laws of 1935 dictated that each of the three branches of service would be allocated a percentage of the available recruits according to their manpower requirements with the army being allotted the lions share of roughly 66% of eligible personnel followed by the Luftwaffe who were accorded roughly 25% with the Kriegsmarine receiving the remaining 9% of personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 5 1/2" x 4", twenty-four page, second pattern, Soldbuch with a mid-weight, slightly crinkled, mid-blue card stock cover with a stapled seam and a black printed, second pattern, (Circa 1937/37-1945), Luftwaffe eagle and Gothic script, "Soldbuch zugleich Personalausweis Luftwaffe", (Pay Book & Personal Identity Document Air Force), with two narrow outer border lines to the front cover. Nice uniform photo. Served with "4 Fallsch. Pioner Ers. U. Ausb. Batl. 2". Comes with related capture/POW documents. All entries are photographed.

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